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Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by naptu2: 3:03pm On Jun 11
"Change Your Ways And Not The Anthem" - Sota Omoigui

Dr Sota Omoigui is one of the co-authors of Arise O Compatriots.



June 10th, 2024

Press Release

Change your Ways and not the Anthem

By

Dr Sota Omoigui MD – Coauthor, Nigerian National Anthem

When I wrote my words for the anthem, in 1978, it was my dream for the country to move forward and take its place among the great nations of the world. But all that potential has been hijacked and degraded by a political leadership that constitutes a criminal enterprise. Many of our people now wonder if we were ready for independence.

The regressive reverting of our anthem to the colonial anthem is a betrayal of our independence. It is a symbol of a political leadership that is clueless and has so lost its way that it goes crawling on its hands and knees back to kiss the ring of its colonial master to adopt its anthem – music and lyrics.

There have been numerous reasons attributed to this speedy reversion of our anthem. What struck me the most was that the colonial anthem embodied more relevant values than our Nigerian anthem. Some have said that it would be a source of building patriotism.

What sheer hypocrisy. First the Nigerian anthem: The first two lines of Arise O Compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey is a call to action. It calls on us to serve our fatherland with love and strength and faith. There is nothing more patriotic than that. But our leaders have not the foggiest idea of the meaning of patriotism. They are too greedy and simply incapable of living up to the creed of the Nigerian anthem. An anthem with lyrics written by Nigerians and music composed by a Nigerian. On October 7th, 2006, in her visit to Nigeria, Beyonce as never before, fell in love with a piece of music that wasn’t her composition or planned by her team. Such was the power of our anthem, pulsating with our African drums. Our culture, music, movies song and dance are exported and celebrated by different races all over the world. Radio stations and clubs in cities from Alaska to Argentina play Nigerian Afrobeat. Yet in the birthplace of that culture, the leaders reject their own anthem for a colonial anthem. Nigeria, the hitherto giant of Africa that led the liberation struggles of Africans to defeat apartheid and colonialism now reduced to a midget crawling back and crying mama to her colonial master. But no surprise here. Our leaders steal from the poor because the much they have is never enough. They have failed to serve the fatherland with love and strength and faith. They have failed to create one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity. They have failed to be guided by God, and are unable to teach our youth in love and honesty to grow as they neither have love nor do they have honesty. They live corruptly and have failed to live just and true.

Now let us analyze the colonial anthem: It was the right anthem at the right time in our history. But that time is long gone. They want to now force Nigerians to sing Nigeria, we hail thee. They want us to hail the 53% unemployment rate of our youths and the 34% unemployment rate of our adults. . They want us to hail the minimum monthly wage of N30,000.00, whose earners have to work for three months to purchase a bag of rice that costs N100,000.00. They want us to hail no electricity, roads, pipe borne water, dilapidated and unsanitary schools with no roofs or windows and our children learning knee deep in flood waters under open skies, as rain beats the knowledge out of their heads, dilapidated health care systems including some of our university teaching hospitals, that are death traps, where there are limited medications, few supplies or equipment and in many cases not even running water. We should hail being terrorized by bandits and boko haram who kidnap our children from school, hijack our citizens on the highway and kill our farmers when they go to their farms. 133 million Nigerians, or 63% of the population, should hail being “multi-dimensionally poor,” meaning they suffer simultaneously from multiple disadvantages, including a lack of access to clean energy, housing, health care, water and sanitation, according to the November 2022 National Bureau of Statistics Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) survey by the Federal Government of Nigeria of nearly 57,000 households. That’s up from 54% in 2018, and more than any other country, including India, which has seven times more people. Our youth whose skeletons are bleached dry by the hot desert sun of the Sahara desert and whose bodies lie at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea, where they died trying to escape the hopelessness and lack of opportunity of their own not dear native land, are not alive to hail their country. Those left behind see the greed, looting and pillaging by their leaders, have no opportunities for economic empowerment and resort in internet scams, and fraud, prostitution, banditry and kidnapping to make ends meet. Thus innocent people both inside the country and globally, have life savings stolen as they are made to pay the price for the corruption of our leaders.

Our people who groan under the yoke of the endemic corruption that afflicts the land and does not allow them to breathe, are not going to hail Nigeria. Our people who suffer in poverty with a currency that has undergone a 1000% devaluation since we first wrote the anthem and a minimum monthly wage that creates food insecurity have nothing to hail Nigeria for. As I have stated in one of my prior speeches, when food prices exceed the salary of a worker, men sell their dignity and women their honor. Billions budgeted for palliatives to give the poor and needy are looted and shared among those in the political leadership. World Bank loans such as the USD $200 million for projects such as the Edo Storm Water drain, to alleviate flooding and develop the state were looted and shared by a governor who gets promoted to the senate and his accomplice who gets promoted to the governorship. The political class not content with pillaging and plundering the commonwealth expropriate the God given beauty of the land by converting public beaches to their personal property as done with Bar Beach in Lagos.

One line in the colonial anthem states:

Though tribe and tongue may differ

In brotherhood we stand.

We certainly have not lived up to that creed. Just six years and some after independence, the 1966 coup unleashed a pogrom of bloodletting consummated by a civil war where up to 3 million Nigerians were killed or starved to death. We remain divided in the country by both tribe and tongue.

The colonial anthem states: Our flag shall be a symbol, that truth and justice reign……To hand over to our children a banner without stain. My apologies to Lillian Jean Williams the British expatriate who wrote the colonial anthem. We have neither truth, nor do we have justice. A nation sweltering in the heat of injustice and oppression now forces its people to sing that truth and justice reign. Our children are handed a banner that is very much stained. Our children live in a nation awash in corruption with impunity and no one accountable for their actions. Political offices are purchased by the highest bidders who pay using the spoils of their pillage and plunder. Justice is dispensed to the highest bidder by our cash and carry judges.

Our national assembly is populated by dishonorable and rapacious men, ethical midgets, fraudster, looters, carpetbaggers and ex governors who have pillaged and plundered the commonwealth of their states and then rewarded by higher office. They have and continue to destroy lives far more than the murderers and armed robbers like the notorious Ishola Oyenusi and his gang that we executed in Bar Beach on September 8th, 1971, in the Nigeria of my youth. A similar fate would be more befitting for them.



The colonial anthem further states:

Help us to build a nation

Where no one is oppressed

And so with peace and plenty

Nigeria may be blessed.

This is nothing but a lie. Our leaders did not build a nation but they steal anything that is not nailed down. Our people experience neither peace nor plenty. The vast majority have no electricity, roads, pipe borne water, healthcare and social amenities. Nigerians are worse off today than at the time of independence. They are not benefiting from any wealth, rather the politicians are. The minimum wage is being negotiated from N30,000.00 while each Senator earns about N30 million every month. Changing the anthem and expecting a different result is insanity.

The Nigeria of our youth that we knew of in our anthem of 1978 sadly no longer exists. It has been replaced by a rapacious system of governance that is unsustainable and if unchecked, spells doom for the country.

To our political leaders, it is clear that you are unable and incapable of living up to the aspirational creed of either the Nigerian or the colonial anthem. Change your ways and not the anthem.

If you have to change the anthem, I suggest this verse for you to consider and which embodies your values that you can much more easily live up to

Oh Nigeria Oh Nigeria

Our haven of delight

From the swamps of the Delta to the hills of Somorika

In cunning we excel

Our hands may grasp, our pockets to fill

In secret deals we find our thrill

Let no one see our secret ways

In darkness we shall stay

With every lie and every bribe, and every loot we share

We seize another day


In conclusion, Arise my fellow Nigerians, you were born free. Your ancestors fought the slave traders; your founding fathers resisted the colonial masters. And now it is your turn to resist those who would put the neocolonial yoke around your neck. Arise and resist this modern day slavery. Arise and resist singing this lie of a colonial anthem they want you to sing. The only people that should stand up and sing sing ‘Nigeria we hail thee’, are looters, thieves, bandits, kidnappers, Yahoo fraudsters and the politicians who pillage and plunder the commonwealth of our people. Otherwise if you do not belong to any of these categories and you sing it, you are a liar.

Harriet Tubman, the heroine of the underground rail road freed a hundred slaves and could have freed a thousand more if only they knew that they were slaves.

God bless Nigeria

Arise O Compatriots!!! Nigeria’s call obey!!!

Contact the author:

Dr Sota Omoigui
Email: Medicinechief@aol.com

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Dr Sota Omoigui is a physician at the L.A. Pain Clinic

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by naptu2: 3:03pm On Jun 11
The quoted post was made in 2023

naptu2:


Former Nigerian anthem. (1960-1978)

"Nigeria, We Hail Thee" was adopted as Nigeria's first national anthem on October 1, 1960. The anthem's lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence. Frances Berda composed the music for "Nigeria, We Hail Thee." The Federal Government had announced a competition for a new national anthem for Nigeria, with a prize of £1,000 attached to it. The prize was won by Lillian Jean Williams.

The anthem was criticised in 1960 because some Nigerians felt that the government should have selected one of the entries that was submitted by Nigerians. Some people also believed that the anthem was plagiarised from an old English hymn, while others felt that the anthem did not capture the Nigerian spirit.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyXxbSVES28



Current Nigerian anthem (1978-present)

“Arise O Compatriots” was adopted as Nigeria's national anthem on October 1, 1978. The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest. The lyrics are by John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B. A. Ogunnaike, Sota Omoigui and P. O. Aderibigbe. The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase.

The anthem was criticised by some Nigerians because it was composed when the country was under military rule (some people said that it sounded like military music). The National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS), therefore, prefers to sing the old national anthem.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXULFLF_nWM

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by naptu2: 3:18pm On Jun 11
Sota Omoigui was bestowed with the Citizenship and Patriots Awards, as part of Nigeria's 63rd Independence Day celebrations, by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at a ceremony held on October 5, 2023.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by jmoore(m): 3:29pm On Jun 11
Babablu we hail thee.

Na anthem we go chop?

I hope southeast governors do not join the trend to release anthem for SouthEast.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by meum: 3:30pm On Jun 11
Sota, all I can say is relax. We have two currencies of the same denomination from 100, 200, 500 & 1,000 naira notes & we use them together for transactions.

Super eagles used the new, now old, anthem yesterday instead of the old, now new anthem.

If you like the one you co-authored, you can sing it. However, as a recent citizenship & patriot awardee(2023), I rather you remain patriotic as a citizen & sing the old, now new anthem. Don’t follow unpatriotic citizens(non-awardees) who are hungry due to the baby steps of pain taken by those in power.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by ogolemati: 3:30pm On Jun 11
grin grin grin grin grin grin grin Tinubu is unto finish level.he is confused

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Nairashop(m): 3:31pm On Jun 11
Ok
Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by finallybusy: 3:31pm On Jun 11
The truth is, the anthem will not be reversed for the next seven years. We as a people find the matter innocuous. If it does change after Tinubu’s administration, that will leave millions of young Nigerians yearning for a return to what they were comfortable with. The man’s plan will be achieved. I read a comment on YouTube where a Gen X individual mentioned he was in primary three when the old one was changed. He claimed to pray it would revert in his lifetime. He celebrated Tinubu’s “achievement” despite the fact that he had no need to recite any version of national anthems.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by FARA4GA: 3:31pm On Jun 11
Shame ..... Everyone should go get their own individual national anthem ....I already got mine.....me and my goons gyrate to it all day and all night


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j40GMWHVj8Y

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by KiNg0G: 3:32pm On Jun 11
What a shame indeed.
The country is fuked up with pain conceived.
People dieing daily, from politicians greed
All they do is pass bill uphon bills, when the majority can't afford to feed.


This ain't no rhymes but pains from my heart
We could cry today n tomorrow, still no change observed.
I told my mom I will die before I serve, "and why? see"... the youth suffering....5yrs in school and still no job in town.













#

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by iCauseTrouble: 3:33pm On Jun 11
Tinubu we hail thee.
Agbado munchers, how market? grin

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Sabadon(m): 3:33pm On Jun 11
Baba tell them o, change your ways not the anthem.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by OboOlora(f): 3:33pm On Jun 11
cheesy
Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Ekaette1621990: 3:33pm On Jun 11
Who national anthem epp?

If them like,let them change it to

"Arise Oh Tinubu's PRICK.
OZA ROOM'S call Obey.

To serve Remi Tinubu's KPEKUS
With love and strength and faith.

The labour of Burantashi
Will never be in Vain."



Anyway I laugh in Swahili 😂😂😂

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by XXXsearch: 3:33pm On Jun 11
Google search

BRIANNA BEACH & ALEX ADAMS

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by doggedfighter(f): 3:33pm On Jun 11
He writes from LA

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Hezzyluv: 3:33pm On Jun 11
If the only lyric you know on the new National Anthem is "Nigeria... we hail thee" like me, let's gather here.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Jackanda1(m): 3:34pm On Jun 11
The thing pain the man.

He can't believe they changed the anthem he suffered to compose. grin grin

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by doggedfighter(f): 3:34pm On Jun 11
naptu2:
Sota Omoigui was bestowed with the Citizenship and Patriots Awards, as part of Nigeria's 63rd Independence Day celebrations, by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at a ceremony held on October 5, 2023.

He urges Tinubu to change his ways not the anthem.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by KendoRide: 3:34pm On Jun 11
They’re so evil that they’re scared of the wordings of our Melodious National anthem, composed by a Nigerian and loved by all that even Beyoncé had to redo the anthems to suite her own melody. The wordings are too strong and demanding and challenging of their character.

They’re scared; if compatriots should arise tomorrow to answer to Nigeria’s call which demands everyone to defend our unity and integrity, and uphold our honor & glory.

Immediately I saw the news they want to change the anthem I know exactly that was the case and here is the co-author confirming it.

Maybe that Anthem is what’s giving Peter Obi zeal to serve with love and strength and faith and, together with the Obidients, the moral to be faithful, loyal and honest. So help us God 🙏

If I take it down and replace it with the colonial anthem that damp their spirits and give them sense of slavery again, maybe we’ll have them under control. Ndi ara 21 century.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Image123(m): 3:34pm On Jun 11
Make noise, e pain am.
He does not want us to HAIL Nigeria, but he wants us to OBEY Nigeria. No be craze be that? All selfish people dem playing with the heads of lambarians.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by AntiChristian: 3:34pm On Jun 11
May God guide our leaders and bless them!
Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by OMEGA009(m): 3:35pm On Jun 11
Someone should please summarize all what they said but on a serious note, “Arise O’ Compatriots” is motivating and e dey ginger for body. It’s in my opinion, one of the best anthems in the world because it galvanizes the soul and makes you want to give your best for your country.

Imagine singing “Nigeria we hail thee” before a football match

O wait, ……. Enough said.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by AbuTwins: 3:35pm On Jun 11
It's your time to shine Sota!

At least we don know you small!

Nigeria we hail thee!
Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Macdeey: 3:35pm On Jun 11
grin
What do you expect from this kind of a leader 🤔🤔🤔

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by jimmyolasun: 3:35pm On Jun 11
Nigerians don dey criticize everything since way back.

Oyinbo compose, Dem complain.. citizen compose, dem still complain.. For this country, no look anybody face..

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by OMEGA009(m): 3:35pm On Jun 11
naptu2:
Sota Omoigui was bestowed with the Citizenship and Patriots Awards, as part of Nigeria's 63rd Independence Day celebrations, by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at a ceremony held on October 5, 2023.

E no know say na set up

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by SEsellingBabies: 3:36pm On Jun 11
juu
Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by fatherjesse(m): 3:36pm On Jun 11
The most clueless, redundant and most regressive government ever in Nigeria. Hunger is killing people in hundreds, breadwinners are abandoning their while many have totally lost hope in the entity called Nigeria yet their rubbish priority is changing of national anthem

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by Racoon(m): 3:38pm On Jun 11
Change your Ways and not the Anthem

When I wrote my words for the anthem, in 1978, it was my dream for the country to move forward and take its place among the great nations of the world. But all that potential has been hijacked and degraded by a political leadership that constitutes a criminal enterprise. Many of our people now wonder if we were ready for independence.

The regressive reverting of our anthem to the colonial anthem is a betrayal of our independence. It is a symbol of a political leadership that is clueless and has so lost its way that it goes crawling on its hands and knees back to kiss the ring of its colonial master to adopt its anthem – music and lyrics.

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Re: Sota Omoigui Reacts To The Change Of National Anthem: Change Your Ways & Not ... by otherway: 3:38pm On Jun 11
What do you expect from a certificate forger and Narcotics cartel bagman if not backwardness.

Tinubu is a colossal failure, an epitome of everything evil and an embodiment of everything negative.

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